Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant – A New Rooftop Bar at Cebu Business Park

Ayala Center Cebu – Cebu Business Park
Marvel at the city lights of Cebu Business Park at Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant above Apple One Tower
A refreshing new addition to Cebu's nightlife is Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant, atop the nineteen-storey Apple One Tower in Cebu Business Park. The establishment consists of air-conditioned indoor dining space with glass panels above the bar, which caters to an open-air lounge. The rooftop lounge has gorgeous views overlooking the Ayala Center Cebu shopping mall and the rest of the business district, a vista best enjoyed at twilight when the city shifts from day to night. While not rising as high, the atmosphere of Sky Lounge reminded me a lot of the rooftop bars in Bangkok.

Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant
An indoor dining space offers an intimate area for family gatherings and business meetings
Coincidentally, their restaurant serves dishes by Blue Elephant, a popular Thai restaurant that first opened at The Walk, Asia Town IT Park in Lahug. Aside from offering Thai cuisine (toned-down to adopt to the local palate), they also serve some Filipino and Western fare. For appetizers, I had the standard calamari (PHP 180) followed by one of their star dishes, steamed seafood curry in coconut Shell (PHP 280) which was delightfully rich and creamy, albeit it was on the mild side. I would definitely request them to kick up the chili a notch or two next time. Their dishes are not exactly affordable, given the portions, but I didn't mind shelling out the extra pesos for the ambience and impressive city views.

Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant
Enjoy a cocktail or two at the open-air lounge atop Apple One Tower in Cebu Business Park
Whereas the indoor dining space is great for small family and business meetings, drinks are best enjoyed at the open-air lounge area. I was not impressed at all by their mojito (PHP 110), but their weng-weng (PHP 180) was spot on! Their bar list offers a wide selection of shots, cocktails, mocktails and long drinks to finish off a wonderful evening. Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant will very soon be the place to be in Cebu City with its delicious Asian food and, above all, its new dine-and-drink experience high above the Ayala business district.

Steamed Seafood Curry in Coconut Shell
One of the best-selling dishes: Steamed Seafood Curry in Coconut Shell
HOW TO GET THERE: Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant is located at 19/F Apple One Tower, Biliran Road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City. The building can be found across The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu. Open from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM daily. For reservations, call their landline at +63 32 5117600. 

If taking a jeepney, several routes take commuters from other parts of the city to the transport terminal in Ayala Center Cebu (Just look for jeepneys carrying an "Ayala" signboard).

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